08/24/16 4:26pm

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Metro plans full-scale emergency response drill on the Yellow Line Bridge Sunday, August 28

Metro Transit Police, the District of Columbia and Arlington County will conduct a full-scale response drill Sunday, August 28, on the Yellow Line Bridge that will allow emergency personnel to practice the evacuation of a train during a simulated derailment.

The exercise, which will take place on the elevated track approaching the Pentagon station over the Potomac River, will allow emergency responders to test their capabilities on the aerial structure in coordination with water rescue teams. In addition, the drill will simulate real-world conditions to test coordination and communication between on-scene responders, Metrorail operations staff, Metro Transit Police and support personnel.

The exercise will begin at 8:30 a.m. and is expected to conclude no later than 2 p.m. In addition to Metro Transit Police and Metrorail operations personnel, emergency responders throughout the region will participate including:

  • Arlington County Fire Department
  • DC Fire & Emergency Medical Services
  • Alexandria Fire Department
  • US Park Police
  • US Park Service
  • Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Fire & Rescue Department
  • Prince George’s County Fire Department

More than 100 emergency responders and volunteers are expected to attend.

Metro conducts quarterly drills with emergency responders throughout the region.

Customer Information:

  • Yellow Line service will be suspended between  the L’Enfant Plaza and Pentagon stations from opening until approximately 2:00 p.m. Customers traveling to/from National Airport and Washington DC should use Blue Line trains from L’Enfant Plaza or Metro Center and should allow for extra travel time.
  • Metro will notify customers when normal operations resume via email, text message and social media. To receive notifications, sign up for MetroAlerts.
  • Regular route Metrobus service will operate normally.
  • Members of the public in the area of L’Enfant Plaza and Pentagon stations as well as the shoreline on both sides of the bridge may notice a large number of emergency vehicles on site. Please be assured that this is only a drill.

(Photo via keever04, on Flickr)

08/24/16 2:58pm

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Casting Call for HUGE NBC Game Show ‘The Wall’

NBA mega-superstar LeBron James is expanding his kingdom into entertainment – and he’s looking for teams of 2 to compete on a new game show ‘The Wall’.

The series is now casting teams of 2 from all over the United States including right here in Alexandria, Virginia (see below). Those wanting to tryout for ‘The Wall’ may either attend one of the open casting calls scheduled for next month or audition online.  The show is looking to cast teams of 2 of all kinds, couples, cousins, siblings, etc.  Those cast for the show will have a chance to win some serious cash.

The Alexandria, Virginia audition will be at Alfred Street Baptist Church on Thursday, September 1, 2016 from 3PM to 7PM. The church is located at 301 S. Alfred Street in Alexandria. See other area locations below.   (more…)

08/24/16 2:00pm

Regal Potomac Yard 16

Alexandria theater among growing list of multiplexes in region offering beer and wine

According to planning documents filed this week with the City (PDF), the Regal Potomac Yard Stadium 16 at Potomac Yard Shopping Center has applied for an amendment to its SUP (Special Use Permit) to allow it additional space where alcohol can be consumed on the premises.

This request has been approved by the Virginia ABC. Regal Entertainment Group currently has over 140 locations that serve alcohol currently.

Here’s what they had to say about this request (see application at link):

The addition of alcohol service is only intended as an added amenity for its patrons and Regal does not operate as a bar or lounge and does not sell, serve or permit alcohol consumption during hours when the theater is not open for the exhibition of motion picture films. Typically, alcohol sales have accounted for less than 1096 of revenue at similarly situated Regal locations throughout the country. Therefore, the addition of alcohol service has not resulted in additional traffic or congestion to the theater premises but has generally served merely as an added concession item for movie going patrons. Throughout the country, film exhibitors have enhanced concession menus with the inclusion of adult beverage options in order to provide a more inclusive movie going experience for adult patrons thereby providing options for all family members. Further, the movie theater industry has found the upgraded menu offerings to be an essential part of sustaining the industry’s expansion and technological innovation as an additional profit source. However, because of the limited lobby space and typical operational requirements for a standard theater, the limitations on consumption areas has proven overly burdensome. Consequently, theater operators are moving toward full consumption floor plans even where the points of sale and service may be limited to concession and lobby areas. Regal thereby respectfully requests verification and confirmation of such floor plan and operational model at the Regal Potomac Yards, and that any necessary changes be made to the current City use approvals to reflect Regal’s intended operation.

If you have any comments regarding the request, please contact Planning and Zoning staff at (703) 746-4666 or email the Planner associated with this case no later than September 7, 2016.

08/24/16 1:10pm

Carlyle Club in Alexandria, Virginia

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‘Room 19’ SpeakEasy Open on Thursday Nights at the Carlyle Club

Room 19 is a 1920’s SpeakEasy themed cocktails bar that is open every Thursday from 6:00 PM – midnight at the Carlyle Club in Alexandria, Virginia. Walk-ins are accepted but Room 19 also takes reservations for those who wish to secure a table. Their goal is to give patrons an immersive experience of the SpeakEasy era.

Guests can make reservations or send questions to Room19Alexandria@gmail.com.

For more information, visit Room 19’s Facebook page.

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08/24/16 12:36pm

Body Politics at the Torpedo Factory

Target Gallery, the contemporary exhibition space for the Torpedo Factory Art Center, presents work by three women who use the female body to explore issues of equity, power, politics, and memory in A (Mis)Perceived Physique: Bodyscapes by Three Women Artists, on view Saturday, September 3 through Sunday, October 16.

Artists Allana Clarke, Lauren Kalman, and Carolina Mayorga implement the body in desperate ways and contribute to a common narrative about body imagery—past and present. These women assert their own agency and address body politics as another construct of power, both internally and externally driven.

The trio was brought together by D.C.-based curator Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell, who organized the exhibition as part of Target Gallery’s second annual Open Call for Curatorial Proposals competition.

“History surrounds the viewer in this exhibition, as the past is made present and the present reflects the woes of the past,” said Bryant-Greenwell. “How far have body politics come since the height of the odalisque? What is the new role of the female body in art? These women do not offer concrete answers, but enlist the past to enflame the zeitgeist toward inclusive and critical exploration.”   (more…)

08/24/16 11:35am

Man Holds Two Adults and Child at Gunpoint While Committing Robbery

Detectives from the Major Crimes Division are investigating a commercial robbery that occurred at Beauty Island, 7814 Richmond Highway on Tuesday, August 23 at around 11:15 a.m. A man entered the store, displayed a handgun, and demanded money. The suspect then forced two female employees and a 7-year-old girl into a back room before he fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. The victims were not injured. The suspect was described as black, 25 to 35 years old, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, muscular build, wearing a black ski mask, white shirt, and black pants.

If you recognize him, or if you have any information about the suspect, please contact Detective J. Hoffman at (703) 246-7800.

You may also contact Crime Solvers of Fairfax County by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), via web-based email at http://www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or, text “TIP187” plus your message* to CRIMES (274637). Tipsters who provide their information through Crime Solvers are eligible for a cash reward of $100 to $1,000 if their information leads to an arrest. Tipsters remain anonymous and never have to give their names or appear in court.

08/24/16 10:58am
Ada's Kitchen on Wheels Food Truck

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Ada’s Kitchen on Wheels Food Truck Vending in Braddock Road Metro Area

This is an update to this post. On May 10, the Alexandria City Council voted to allow food truck vendors to operate in three designated, on-street locations on public property in addition to previously approved off-street locations.

On-street food truck vending was approved in the following areas:

  • 800 block of N. West Street, north of Madison Street, near the Braddock Road Metro;
  • the 1700 block of King Street adjacent to King Street Gardens; and
  • The 2200 block of Eisenhower Avenue, near Mill Road.

We’re keeping tabs on the three locations on a daily basis as well as off-street. Off-street vending is still allowed in Alexandria, Virginia.

Today, at the Braddock Road Metro location, the Ada’s Kitchen on Wheels food truck will be serving lunch.

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